The full details of the crime related herein are gruesome, horrific, incredulous but above all else, most sad.
The victim was Helen Bailey, and she was murdered by fiancé Ian Stewart, the motive being money, property and sheer greed. Helen was only 51 years of age, but a successful writer, her fiancé aged 56. He went to extreme lengths to commit his horrendous crime, which involved drugging Helen, then dumping her body in a cesspit on the property where they had lived together for three years.
Even the most successful writer could not conjure up such a disgusting way to plan and carry out a heinous crime with no compassion towards their victim, either before or after their murder. Even the dog was murdered, such must Ian Stewart’s hatred had been for Helen Bailey.
The back story herein is quite intricate, complex and involved, and at times unbelievable how things emerged over time, despite the way the two people had met. Even his actions on the day of the murder itself, after he had killed Helen Bailey, show nothing but callousness.
Now the Police are going to investigate how Mr. Stewart’s first Wife had died, going on to say that there were no winners in this story, which is true.
When I hear of this kind of cruelty and disregard for human life, even apart from condemning the act of murder itself, I cannot conceive how there is a total lack of respect for the fact a human being deserves a proper burial, and respect for their remains should at least be shown.
When Helen was born, as a baby, her whole life was in front of her and to think she would end up discarded in a cesspit. That fact, as well as the murder itself, is something her relatives and friends will have to try to process and no doubt will require professional help to come to terms with, though perhaps that as a concept will be impossible.
As regards relatives and friends of the convicted man, it is stated in the link attached that his own Son did not want to look at his Father when Ian Stewart was being taken away from the Court after his conviction.
There was wonderful compassion shown to Ian Stewart’s family by Helen Bailey’s Brother, regarding his statement in the aforementioned link. It must be difficult for any Parent to learn that they either gave birth to someone who could commit murder, or that they gave birth to a person who would ultimately be the victim of murder. They cannot be held responsible for that fact but the aspect remains that they will obviously feel a blight of one kind or another, and that is their burden to carry. Their son is alive, his victim is not. One man’s vicious act has now ruined many other lives, as well as his own.
What most people will never understand is why anyone has to murder another person. Also, if greed was the motive, Ian Stewart was already loved, apparently, by Helen Bailey and she would be sharing the benefits of her financial success with him. What the scheming Mr. Stewart is guilty of is incredulous, cold, calculating and callous.
The evil that lives in some people’s hearts is beyond belief, and the sadness is that Helen could only see love and give love to the very one who, it transpires, took her life, as his love was for the financial gains he could envisage, part of which, no doubt they were already sharing together, but that was not enough for him, he seems to have wanted to be the sole owner of someone else’s wealth.
May Helen Bailey’s soul Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with those she loved and who reciprocated that love, her Family and Friends.
Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine